HOGAN, ANDREW J
This course is intended to introduce students to some of the many issues that confront biomedicine in this time of rapid change, and to ways of thinking systematically about those issues. Students will learn the about the roots of bioethical analysis, going back to Ancient Greece, but with a focus on North America and Europe since 1945. In addition to this history, the first half of the course will cover various approaches to bioethics, including an in-depth look at the principles of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice. During the second half of the course, hot button issues in bioethics will be discussed and debated, including an individual’s right-to-die, stem cell research, designer babies, and neuroethics. Through discussions and two written examinations, students will be asked to think about and analyze these controversial issues by reflecting upon and incorporating the bioethical principles covered during the first half of the course.